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Larissa: Teacher suffers heart attack and dies after being laid-off due to Troika austerity

The shock of being sent to labor reserve and lose the income overnight was probably something the heart of the female teacher could not bear. On Saturday afternoon, the teacher felt unease and fainted.  The doctors of the hospital where she was transferred could only confirm their death. The teacher of Nursing …

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Greek Parliament: 153 YES for lay-offs in public sector

With a thin majority of 153 votes out of 300 lawmakers in total, Nea Dimocratia and PASOK approved the multi-bill that will sack more than 25,000 civil workers until the end of 2014. The bill with 109 articles, in fact a new tsunami of austerity measures, includes also provisions for …

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Greece is boiling… with empty pockets

I am not going to talk about  the masses of municipality workers and policemen, civil servants, teachers and school guards who take to the streets every day protesting the upcoming lay-offs in the Greek public sector. I am going to talk about my friend Markos and my friend Giota. Two people …

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Greek mayors threaten with mass resignations over workers lay-offs, while municipalities stink

Municipality workers are on strike again on  second consequently day. Thousands of angry workers and municipality policemen marched in downtown Athens again on Tuesday to protest the upcoming mass lay-offs in the Greek public sector. Samaras’ government has no other choice but to finally proceed to the much-needed and much-demanded, …

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Athens: Mayor Kaminis attacked by angry protesters

Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis came under physical attack late Sunday afternoon, while he was leaving a meeting of the Confederation of Greek Municipalities (KEDE).  The mayor was beaten with fists and he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.  At the time of assault, several municipality unionists had …

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Bailout tranche balckmail: Troika wants 25K lay-offs from Greek public sector

Every two-three months the same procedure… Greece’s lenders increase pressure on the government of the debt-ridden country that hesitates to proceed with the Troika’s demands. This time the issue of lay-offs in the public sector lays high on the negotiation table. Greek media report, that the Troika gave a very clear …

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Social Cooperatives: Greece’s new scheme to get rid of municipality workers; 48h strike, Feb 13-14/2013

POE-OTA, union of workers at Greek municipalities called for a 48-hour strike on February 13-14, 2013. The strike decision comes as expression of solidarity to workers at social services offered by local governments. POE-OTA demands that municipalities continue to offer social services, that workers received outstanding payments and opposes government and local governments …

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Merkel’s Envoy to Greece Wants Lay-Offs of Municipalities Workers

Three thousand employees in Greek local governments do the job of 1,000 Germans. Hans Joachim Fuchtel, the envoy of German Chancellor to Greece, sharply criticized the overstaffed public administration of debt-ridden country. Speaking at the meeting of 3. Greek-German Assembly in Thessaloniki Fuchtel underlined the problem of state employees’ efficiency: …

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Greek Banks to Get Rid of 20,000 Employees

Twenty thousands employees are at risk of losing their jobs due to the bank mergers. According to daily Ethnos, excessive personnel will see the exit door, regardless of the position they hold in the hierarchy scale. The aim of the lay-offs is to compress operating costs down to a minimum. Greek …

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Wha’ts Up in Greece on Dec 16?

“Derailment” is up in Greece, derailment in government targets, in measures and ,of course, in our pockets. The Troika is leaving and gives the Greek government a one-month deadline to fix the issues of “labour reserve’, of  labour relations in the public sector, of the state-run enterprises (DEKO), of privatizations, of …

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Greece’s Privatization Plans – Labor Unions threaten to boycott them

Greece has announced its privatization plans while employees at the state-run enterprises threaten with huge mobilization. As privatizations are normally combined with lay offs, labor unions in electricity, telephone and other utilities took up the ‘arms’ and prepare a war against the government. Trade unionists are in turmoil and threaten to …

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Survey in Private Sector: Dramatic cuts in wages & personnel for 2011

This is a dramatic development in the private sector. One in ten companies plan to cut salaries in 2011, is the result of a survey conducted by the KPMG polling company. At the same time, 4 out of 10 companies will give ‘zero’ increases and will decrease the number of …

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Greece: Country of the non-stop Lay-Offs

Greece is slowly developing into a country of  the non-stop lay-offs. No, not in masses, but one here, two there and so on. “Decrease labour costs, increase competitiviness” are the official slogans of the IMF dictaroship. Unofficially consumers have cut spending, enterprises are running dry of cash, banks do not …

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